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OPERATION: CHRISTMAS MAGIC – MISSION COMPLETE!
Within 6 hours of posting OPERATION: CHRISTMAS MAGIC, enough money had been raised and donations began to pour into my sister to make it comfortable. By the wee hours of this morning, it was epic. I would be remiss if I didn’t admit how incredibly surprised, grateful and impressed I was by the effort made to my dear sister and her children to help her in her time of need. I am floored. To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect. I’ve done charitable things in the past, but to me, this was way above and beyond. I did say it was my Christmas wish to get this to happen, and I can honestly say that my Christmas Wish has been fulfilled.
The most common response to me from those who have seen it within their hearts to give what they can is “I wish I could do more.” This became a ridiculous comment after a while because I heard it a dozen times. Let’s say a dozen people give $10. That’s $120, which is no small thing. The seemingly small efforts of some make it into one big effort. But that’s not to say that there weren’t some significantly generous givings. For that I am profoundly grateful.
So now I’m conflicted. I so badly want to call people out on their generosity so as to thank them properly and publicly. There is a thing about charity, and giving though. We all know that to give something whole heartedly is in itself the reward. We don’t do it so that we can obtain praise for our efforts. Our efforts aren’t for us, but for the individual we are reaching out to. So while I will not call you out personally, you know who you are and from the bottom of my heart with love and gratitude, thank you.
My sister is overwhelmed. I’ve heard a few stories so far of people giving, and the hugs and the tears. She has expressed her gratitude, and how hard it is to do this without knowing what to say other than “thank you.” Like me, I think she’s blown away. She said to me this morning, “I am amazed that people are so giving. You have a great network of friends.” Indeed, dear sister. Indeed.
I’d like to finish by saying that the Christmas Spirit, the spirit of love, giving, charity and kindness, exists. My heart goes out to all of you that gave, and all of you that supported, and even all of you that wanted to give, but simply can’t. You are amazing, and you’ve made the difference for the Christmas of two kids, two parents and a big brother and his family as they watched in wonder and awe. Merry Christmas!!